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Carolinas Stroke Network (CSN) is a comprehensive network that provides rapid, state-of-the-art treatment to patients suffering an acute stroke. Similar to the treatment for heart attack, the more quickly emergency care can be provided to some stroke patients, the better the outcome.

Established by Carolinas HealthCare System, Carolinas Stroke Network is an integrated system of care that raises the current standards for stroke diagnosis and treatment among participating hospitals throughout the region.

Hospitals that are part of the network have 24/7 access to stroke treatment experts who will help determine the best treatment plan for each patient and coordinate rapid transfer to comprehensive stroke centers for patients needing more advanced, specialized care.

Stroke Network Goals

Patients arriving at Carolinas Stroke Network hospitals will be diagnosed and treated according to national guidelines for emergency stroke care, giving them the best opportunity for a good outcome. Emergency department staff will contact a regional referral neurologist located at CMC or CMC-NorthEast who will help assess the patient.

Brain scanning results will be instantly shared with the neurologist through our electronic medical records system. Test results and observations will determine the appropriate course of treatment, which may include delivery of a blood clot-dissolving drug called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA.

In some cases, patients will be transferred for more advanced catheter-based treatments.  These treatments are available 24/7 and will be delivered by an emergency neuro-interventional service.

Carolinas Stroke Network also features:

  • Emergency Neuro-interventional service
  • Rapid transport to comprehensive stroke centers
  • Highly-experienced teams of stroke specialists
  • Seamless access to expert stroke rehabilitation care

To date, the network includes CMC hospitals in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties. The network's two comprehensive stroke centers are Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) and Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, which hold Primary Stroke Center designations from The Joint Commission and whose stroke programs have received national awards for exemplary performance from the American Stroke Association. 

For more information on the Carolinas Stroke Network, call 704-512-7878.

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